It’s fairly common knowledge that part of preparing for an interview is preparing questions to ask the prospective employer. These questions should be thoughtful, related to the job and nothing you could easily find about the employer on the web.
Here are examples of actual questions asked by candidates that quickly became show stoppers.
1. What does this job pay?
2. How much vacation do I get?
3. Can I bring my dog to work?
4. Is there flex time?
5. Will I have an office (vs. a cube)?
6. Will my parking be validated today?
Though these are common and often burning questions they fail to recognize that one of the objectives of the interview is for the candidate to demonstrate what they can do for the employer. They also illustrate an inability to see the bigger picture. Lastly it cues the employer that you maybe be needy and high maintenance as an employee. All of which will often prompt a quick end to the interview with minimal chance of a call back.
The chance to ask these types of questions is at the time of job offer once you have convinced them that you are the best possible candidate.